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Jalyssa Blazek, shown here winning at the state qualifying meet, ran to a top-10 finish at the Class 1A state cross country meet Saturday.
Turkey Valley’s Jalyssa Blazek capped a standout freshman cross country season Saturday as she ran to a sixth-place finish at the Class 1A state meet.Blaek finished the race in 19:59.3 to earn a medal in her first-ever state meet, while teammate Jaycie Byrne, who is a sophomore took 40th in a time...
New Hampton’s Rachel Rinken blocks a Waukon spike attempt.
New Hampton’s been here — a regional final — before, and the Chickasaws believe the experience gained a year ago in a 3-1 loss to Waterloo Columbus can pay dividends Monday night. “I think we learned a lot from that,” junior Rachel Rinken said, “and I think the big thing is we won’t be as nervous...
Dylan Elsbernd makes an off-balance catch of a 2-point conversion Friday against Rockford.
There was a touchdown roughly every 2.8 minutes when Turkey Valley and Rockford battled in the first round of the state playoffs Friday. “I thought we played hard and executed on offense,” Trojan quarterback Ethan Leibold said of the 64-58 TV loss. “But we could have had a few more stops on defense...
In her final volleyball match as a Trojan, Karissa Schmidt goes up for a kill against Tripoli.
Karissa Schmidt headed off the volleyball floor for the last time of her volleyball career Monday,  and while the Trojans ended the season with a 3-0 loss to Tripoli, Schmidt was proud — really proud actually — of her teammates. “Tripoli’s ranked and I’m proud of how we didn’t cave in,” she said...
Nashua-Plainfield players celebrate on the field after the Huskies got their first win on the field this season with an 8-0 win over Postville.
On a night in which the Nashua-Plainfield defense shone brightly, it was probably fitting that it was the defense that provided the points that gave the Huskies their first win — at least on the field — of the season. A week after the Huskies picked up their first win of the season when Starmont...
For the second consecutive year, New Hampton will be in the regional volleyball finals after a Tuesday night, four-set win over Waukon. After the Chickasaws won game one against the Indians 25-12, they lost the second set 25-21 despite a nearly-successful comeback. But they finished with 25-12 and...
New Hampton’s Tristan Sweitzer picks up some of the 201 yards he gained during the Chickasaws’ 8-0 win over Hampton-Dumont on Friday.
Maybe Dillon Roberson summed up both the 2018 season and Friday night the best. “It definitely wasn’t the season we thought we’d have,” the New Hampton senior said, “but at least we got tonight.” And while it wasn’t always pretty, New Hampton found a way to close out a disappointing season with an...
Eli Nymeyer (10) has Central’s Reegan Erickson in his grasp while Ethan Leibold (6) and Carter Reicks are there in case help is needed.
On the north end of the Turkey Valley football complex — by the scoreboard — there’s a sign with 15 different years written on it, representing the 15 years the Trojans have made it to the playoffs.  Jason Herold pointed to that sign after the Trojans made it 16 on Friday. “It’s kind of nice, my...
Former Nashua-Plainfield football star Jason Fisher waits for the next play during Wartburg’s game with Simpson earlier this season.
Jason Fisher will be the first to admit that it wasn’t always easy to stand on the sidelines during his first two years as a member of the Wartburg football team. “It was different — very, very different,” the 2016 Nashua-Plainfield graduate said. “I mean I was used to playing every down, every...
Dr. Jacqueline Evans and her family — husband Chris and their children, 17-year-old Gavin and 12-year-old Aiden — pose for a picture during a trip to Wyoming, where Evans ran a marathon.
To say Dr. Jacqueline Evans loves to run is an understatement. The 51-year-old Lancaster, Pa., oncologist who graduated from Turkey Valley High School in 1985, recently completed a marathon in Wyoming, an especially noteworthy achievement because it meant she had achieved her goal of running a...

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